So What Is Arameth, Exactly?

Updated: Sep 28, 2020


So What Is Arameth, Exactly?


(A follow-up to “Discovering Arameth: What I Learned from Building My First Fantasy World)


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(This post is a continuation of the Guest Post I wrote for Jenelle Schmidt’s “February is Fantasy Month” blog series.  You can check out Part I of the post here or at the link above.  Be sure to also check out the other “February is Fantasy Month” posts while you’re there!)


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A dark force terrorizes Arameth, and those out to stop it have a serious problem: their prophesied hero is dead.


— Blurb excerpt from The Edge of Nothing, book 1 of The Lex Chronicles (Legends of Arameth)— Blurb excerpt from The Edge of Nothing, book 1 of The Lex Chronicles (Legends of Arameth)

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We’re here to talk about worldbuilding, and my journey from endless notes and maps and planning to something concrete and tangible and publishable. 


To that end, here is a brief tour of Arameth, to show you what emerged from this world and how it all came together.


Arameth is a world best explained by experiencing the story, however, there are a few key things which make Arameth, well, Arameth:


1. The Map


When I first began worldbuilding for Arameth, I was at a loss for where to begin.  I knew that many fantasy authors had maps of their worlds, so I thought, why not start there?  I created the actual map and the history/background for Arameth simultaneously, using the map as a guide to keep track of how my worldbuilding was progressing.  I felt like I was drawing things into the map aribitrarily, but oddly enough, when I looked back at the map years later, it had exactly what I needed to finish fleshing out my story and its world.  Huh.   


Here’s my initial version of the map from 2005:


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And here’s the updated version, included in The Edge of Nothing (The Lex Chronicles, Book 1) in 2018.  (Part of it is intentionally blurred, but I’ll explain that in a moment):

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The storyline of the trilogy naturally progresses through different physical locations in the Arameth world.  I decided to reveal the map a little more at the start of each book, so that the readers are discovering the world alongside the characters.   By Book 3, the full map is included: